Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Robert Burns Jr. (background center in the photo), a founding member of the Southern rock band, died on April 3rd in a single-vehicle crash near his home in Cartersville. He was 64.
Burns was the driver and only occupant of the car, which was headed northbound on Tower Bridge Road. Sometime just before midnight, his car left the roadway while approaching a curve, subsequently hitting a mailbox and a tree head-on. It was raining heavily at the time of the accident, and police said he was not wearing a seatbelt. Burns died at the scene.
Burns first began playing with fellow Skynyrd founders Gary Rossington and Larry Junstrom as a Jacksonville, Flordida teenager in 1964. After stints as The Noble Five and One Percent, they settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd (a reference to their high school phys-ed teacher) by 1970. Burns played on the band’s first two albums before leaving in 1974.